New Hampshire residents ranked 4th most independent

Jul 05, 2017

BY: CCNH-LFDA Highlights

Like many U.S. presidents, Abraham Lincoln valued self-reliance.  He once said, “You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.”  According to a new study, New Hampshire residents also value independence.

Granite state financially, personally independent

A ranking from WalletHub found New Hampshire is the fourth most independent state in America. 

The ranking considered:

  • financial independence – such as average savings-account balance
  • dependency on the government – such as the share of households receiving public assistance
  • job-market dependency – such as the unemployment rate
  • dependence on international trade – such as the number of jobs at foreign-owned companies
  • dependence on vices – such as the prevalence of drug use

New Hampshire scored in the top ten for each of those categories except for dependence on international trade.  Many New Hampshire jobs are supported by exports and foreign-owned businesses.

It is somewhat surprising that New Hampshire did not have a worse ranking for dependence on vices, given the state’s opioid abuse epidemic.  However, New Hampshire has a lower than average percentage of adults who smoke, the state is relatively low on problem gamblers, and Granite Staters are generally less obese than the rest of the U.S. – all factors considered in the state’s dependence on vices.

The rest of New England

New Hampshire was also the most independent state in New England.  Massachusetts scored sixth, Connecticut scored fourteenth, Rhode Island came in twenty-fourth, Vermont at twenty-eighth, and Maine at thirty-eighth.

Colorado was first in the nation and Louisiana was last.

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